This is a list of notable people who have, or had, the medical condition epilepsy.
In his Treatise on Epilepsy, the French 17th century physician Jean Taxil refers to Aristotle's "famous epileptics".
This list includes Heracles, Ajax, Bellerophon, Socrates, Plato, Empedocles, Maracus of Syracuse, and the Sibyls.
Taxil goes on to add his own names: Roman Emperor Caligula, Drusus (tribune of the Roman people), Muhammad, and Petrarch.
Neurologist John Hughes concluded that the majority of famous people alleged to have epilepsy did not in fact have this condition.
A film actress and model who had epilepsy from the age of 7.
Her death was attributed to suicide by an intentional overdose of phenobarbital, which is an anticonvulsant, but see the footnoted article for an alternative explanation.A comedian and actor who was seriously injured and put in a coma for five days after a quad bike accident in 1998.Initially prescribed phenytoin prophylactically, he later had two seizures, possibly due to not taking his medication.A Byzantine emperor who had frequent tonic-clonic seizures since adolescence.It was perceived to be demonic possession – punishment for his sins.His royal entourage were alert to signs of an impending seizure and tried to hide the emperor when ill.